December has been a busy month not only in Parliament but working with constituents on a wide range of local matters.
I was pleased to visit A & P docks in Falmouth and to hear the good news about commercial, naval and fleet auxiliary vessels that are in the pipeline. Since being elected I have worked hard to support the docks to win vitally important Ministry of Defence contracts. I was particularly pleased to hear that managers are planning on taking on more apprentices.
Neighbouring business, Pendennis Shipbuilders, has award-winning apprenticeship programmes partnering with the Falmouth Marine School and it is great to see the superb quality of their work celebrated around the world.
I was pleased to participate in a meeting of the organisations working to keep Falmouth town centre open for business during the road closure, which comes into effect on 6th January, enabling vital electricity infrastructure improvements. I hope you will join me in making an extra special effort to shop in Falmouth in the New Year. The Town Team are doing a great job and our local retailers deserve our support to keep them trading at this challenging time of year.
I am very grateful to The Poly in Falmouth for responding so positively to my request to show “Unrest”, a film about ME. A constituent contacted me and asked me to take an interest in ME. I was happy to do so as a close family friend and member of the local life boat suffered from this much misunderstood condition. The film will be followed by a panel discussion to raise awareness, so do consider coming along to The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EG, 01326 319461, email@example.com on Saturday 27th January 2018 at 7.30 pm.
I have visited a number of schools and was pleased to see the progress at Falmouth School towards the much anticipated opening of the new community sports facilities in 2018. The leadership and determination of Brett Miners to deliver these new facilities that will benefit not only the school community but the whole community is to be commended.
We are very fortunate, thanks to teachers and parents working together, that all our local schools are now ranked as good or outstanding. The Roseland, Falmouth and Penryn are ranked the top three secondary schools in Cornwall. Well done to all concerned.
Before I was elected as the local MP, I was a volunteer at Falmouth Primary, listening and encouraging children with their reading. I am delighted that, as a result of government reforms to the teaching of reading, latest data shows more children are now confident readers. Like many families over Christmas we will enjoy reading to each other, including my favourite Cornish poet, Charles Causley, and his poem The Ballad of the Bread Man.
Finally, a huge thank you to the volunteers who will be staying in night shelters and providing community meals for people over Christmas. Also to our emergency services and all those working over the holidays. Happy Christmas.
First published in the West Briton 21/12/17